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March Monthly dossier

82 successive General Sessions since the Creation of the OIE.
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The life of the OIE follows an annual rhythm, culminating in May with the General Session of the World Assembly of Delegates. On the eve of 82nd General Session, the OIE looks back at this major event, the first of which, in 1927, saw the appointment of the first Director General and the first President of the OIE.

8 March 1927: 1st meeting of the Committee of the Office International des Epizooties

“On 8 March 1927, the Committee of the Office met for the first time, in Paris, under the chairmanship of Dr Queuille, Minister of Agriculture. Twenty-six Delegates were present. The Assembly chose Inspector General De Roo, Delegate of Belgium, as President and Prof. Leclainche was appointed as Director of the Office. The Assembly decided to publish a Bulletin  and a programme was drawn up for the next Session.” Opening address by Prof. E. Leclainche at the General Session in 1934.

With the passage of time, the Committee of the Office International des Epizooties, originally comprising 26 Delegates, has now become the General Session of the World Assembly of Delegates of the OIE, which now welcomes over 800 participants from all over the world. Over the years, six Directors General and more than twenty Presidents have succeeded one another.

We shall now look at these key OIE events and personalities: General Sessions, Directors General, Presidents of the OIE. 

The 82nd General Session, marking the 90th anniversary of the OIE, will take place from 25 to 30 May 2014 at the Maison de la Chimie in Paris, France.
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